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Illegal rook move?

While typing out a replayer example game for What are the most possible total pawn captures for a game?, I came across the following rook move that is seemingly not allowed, 14. Rc6 [FEN ""] ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Does this site also work like codegolf/puzzling and support posing chess problems to other members? [duplicate]

Is that a valid usage of this stack? If not yet, has it been considered?
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Should we create tags named after chess players?

We've got plenty of tags named after chess players (famous and not): fischer tal kasparov karpov alekhine carlsen nakamura nepomniachtchi ding anand aronian kramnik jovanka-houska Most of them have ...
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Is there a system to detect if someone is voting on their own account for cheating?

I'm just curious, but I've seem some questions with lots of votes. But how can these moderators know that the votes on the questions are real? There has to be some detections that goes with it. So, my ...
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Can I create my own question template under a permissive license to allow people to copy/paste it at will?

I submitted a question about a move recommendation. As my first question, I forked a well written question by @Fabio who seems to fit perfectly. I forked it not by laziness, nor by "hoping to get ...
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Why was my comment asking for clarification on endgames removed?

Update: Anton Menshov admitted to downvoting this post and while Anton Menshov has a downvote on h post, it was not from me. yes. I don't appreciate the tone of the original post, and I think it can ...
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Is it okay to ask time-dependent questions?

I thought about asking something like "Where can I watch World Chess Championship 2021?" or "Who will stream WCC 2021?" and I really liked the question. But then I realized that it ...
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With what kind of tag can we describe knight vs bishop endgames?

(In some ways, this is a question about both chess stackex and chess/chess960 in general.) Consider this post: Interesting knight vs bishop endgame Question: what tag could possibly describe 1 knight ...
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Please give suggestions to improve question on data hunting for titles further

Ok fine, how do I answer questions like records for youngest to obtain a certain title? 6 downvotes in 4 hours. that's gotta be a record. Anyway so far I just cut down the non-IM stuff and highlighted ...
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Why did Glorfindel♦ reject my edit even though I was previously approved for similar edits (including by Brian Towers♦)?

The rejected: https://chess.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/19534 https://chess.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/19535 The approved: https://chess.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-...
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Please consider reopening or otherwise give suggestions for improvement: Are the chessmaster lectures (insert antonym of outdated)?

Are the chessmaster lectures (insert antonym of outdated)? There was only 1 question really mainly. 1 was a follow up of another and 1 was a side question. In any case I now literally have only 1 ...
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Why was my question about Stockfish levels off-topic?

How do Stockfish 13 Levels (Lichess) work? This question does not appear to be about chess within the scope defined in the help center. So, what does the help center say? Chess-specific questions ...
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Avoiding "he" as default pronoun for players

There is a longstanding tradition in chess that players - even in the abstract - are referred to using male pronouns: "Black can improve his position", "White has lost his bishop" ...
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Where is the line on opinion-based and discursive questions?

Sometimes I encounter the closure of threads like Illustrative puzzles of chess themes Now I certainly agree with this closure in line with practice elsewhere on SE. But what about threads like this: ...
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Dealing with insulting behavior by a moderator

In a comment on this answer, https://chess.stackexchange.com/a/34553/1954 I wrote: Your methodology doesn't seem convincing to me. Personal, subjective retrospection with a sample size of one doesn't ...
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When is it OK for somebody to delete a question they have asked?

With reference to this question when the OP answered a question, hit submit only to be told that the question had been deleted by the questioner while he was writing his answer. Clearly there are ...
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Deleting a question while I write an answer

Admittedly, the question was a tad inane. :-) Maybe, the n00b simply didn't formulate it sensibly, as it could be interpreted to mean something legit. Still, I bothered to take some time to write a ...
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Are questions that ask for help with specific chess sites, like chess.com and lichess.org, on topic?

My question How do I get the chess.com engine to list all the best moves? (I later deleted) was closed by Brian Towers♦ who said This is Chess StackExchange, not the chess.com help center. (btw ...
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Universal style suggestion - use figurine algebraic and bold chess moves

This is just a personal stylistic preference, but I think it would make sense if this was the standard way to style chess moves on the site. Make chess moves bold -- this makes the moves stick out ...
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Please give suggestions to improve question on Josh Waitzkin further

Josh Waitzkin on trading pieces ('the art of the trade') Rewan Demontay and I have already edited the above question. So far there are only 2 re-open votes (vs the apparently only 1 close vote ...
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(UPDATE: Yes or cunningham's law) Joke answers allowed? Seriously?

No, what you did is what is known as a gambit. You offered your opponent material (in this case a water bottle), which he accepted. This would be considered a blunder on his part, since although it ...
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Should questions feature computer analysis whenever relevant?

I notice a few questions that ask for help on puzzles. I think some of those questions can be easily answered with a computer. If not, then I think the askers should show what they've already tried ...
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Beginner question gets 29 upvotes

Why is this a checkmate? It seems there's some arbitrage problem with these kinds of questions. Ostensibly, I could just pretend to be a beginner and then ask beginner questions like these and ...
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Whether or not images instead of FEN/PGN are allowed

Example: Why is this a checkmate? Are images instead of FEN/PGN allowed? If so, then should they continue to be allowed? I believe Stack Overflow and Mathematics Stack Exchange will not allow images ...
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Different categories and different grades of questions and answers

Are there different grades or categories of questions and answers posted on the main site and meta site? I have viewed very highly upvoted questions and answers. I guess some other questions and ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Are chess learning tools on topic?

I am an old SO/SE contributor, but new on chess.SE, so please pardon my question. I just posted: More visual display of possible moves in opening explorers / databases but it was closed as "...
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Is it acceptable to edit a post just to change the pronouns?

A user has been suggesting edits that only change the pronouns. Most of them have been rejected, but some have been approved. Is this acceptable?
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What should done about my mistake?

A while ago, I asked the question "How long can a player hold off a draw by the 50-move rule?" However, I forgot a crucial detail in that the prolonging side shouldn't be able to win at any ...
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About today's spam "rampage"

Today, a series of new users, whether by one person or many, spammed/is spamming a series of useless "answers," flooding the front page. Moving forward, what is going to be done about this ...
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Moderation bias against short answers

My answer to this question was removed by a moderator for no apparent reason. While brief, it provided the correct answer to the question. I'd like to know why it was removed. Could it be that there ...
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Questions Tagged Puzzles - Bounty Immediately

Is it possible to enable bounties on questions tagged puzzles to be set immediately? eg; I post a puzzle and then set a bounty on it immediately after posting? How do people feel about this as a "...
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Replayer Sandbox

On the main site, we have a feature called the 'PGN viewer' or 'replayer'. How it works is described in this FAQ: How do I add a replayer to my post? and the pgn-viewer tag contains many other ...
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Changing the Chess Stack Exchange logo

The logo for the Chess Stack Exchange (I pulled the image off of the HTML file) is, to put it plainly, horrible. It is a white rook on a blue background, which is very plain and visually unappealing. ...
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Board and Card games chess questions

In the 'Board and Card Games' exchange, I have noticed that there are numerous chess questions. Mostly, they're about variants, or a mate-in-n[longest I've seen is 2]. Should these be migrated over to ...
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Question about ChessBase closed because flagged as "chessbase help center question"

I posted this question: Strange behaviour of ctg books produced with ChessBase/Fritz and used in DroidFish It is not my first question of this kind. Indeed, I could ask it to the ChessBase help center,...
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Typo in tag --- [sicilian-tajmanov]

I've been looking through the tag wiki, and found a typo in a tag. [sicilian-tajmanov] --- should be [sicilian-taimanov].
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Why are so many old question suddenly getting new low-quality answers?

For the last few weeks I've logged in to this community and seen time and time again a lot of already answered old questions in the front page that got a new unnecessary low-quality response. Are mods ...
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Tagging opening questions using a naming convention that avoids clashes with tags for players

Recently, I edited a question to replace the tags from and lisitsin with froms-gambit and lisitsin-gambit, respectively, in order to avoid future name clashes should anyone later ask questions about ...
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Are questions involving opinions allowed?

I have got a question about asking questions about opinions: Why are they not allowed? As far as I know, I don't find anything wrong with them. And, if this question is closed, that would be a ...
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Would chess variant identity questions be on topic?

On boardgamegeek someone thrifted a copy of a chess set that is unusual. Most of us cannot nail down what it is. To be fair it is possible it isn't even chess but it really looks like it could be one. ...
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Discussion - chess analysis thread

Can we allow posts for analysis of games by people? These can be labeled by the tag game-analysis. By analysis, I mean that a person posts a chess game in a thread, and then someone else provides ...
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Why was my question about why chess accepts resigning closed as a duplicate?

My question Why is it acceptable to resign? was closed as a duplicate of an earlier question I asked, Is it poor sportsmanship to resign immediately after a major blunder early in the game? These are ...
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Why was my answer removed?

I wrote an answer to the question Why doesn't Lichess' Stockfish suggest this bishop sacrifice? where I offered a different perspective on how to interpret the output of an engine when the ...
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Please merge this duplicate about old FIDE laws

This question about copies of old FIDE laws is a duplicate of this question, but it has high-quality and helpful answers that I think would be beneficial for the older question. Can the duplicate ...
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Two questions that need to be closed as a duplicates

I’ve noticed that this question, which is about if an en passant capture can be delayed, and this question, which is about if an en passant capture can be done on the seventh rank, are both answered ...
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Poll - Should we limit number of edits to 5 per day per member?

Currently there is a built-in limit of 5 pending suggested edits per day. That means that if you don't have full edit privileges that any edits you make go into a pending queue where they have to be ...
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Policy regarding mass minor edits

Does Chess SE have an internal policy regarding mass edits? Currently (May 28, 2020), the front page is not in the ideal shape (to put it mildly), and I am unaware of the general "Maintenance Force" ...
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How do I find attribution for a chess problem I have come across and want to ask a question about?

Let’s say I wanted to ask a question about a chess problem I found, to learn about the strategy behind it, but I also want to give attribution to the author. However, I don’t know who the author is ...

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